I am not in any way, shape or form trying to belittle cosmetologists, or suggest that what they do is less important than what real estate agents do. The example is intended to illustrate how out of whack the training requirements for real estate agents are. Many cosmetologists cut hair. Which will grow back. And their fee might be $200. And they are required to have 1,500 hours of training. Real estate agents are handling complicated financial transactions. They are being paid thousands, sometimes tens of thousands, of dollars, per transaction. And they need 60 hours of class time, no practical training, and a test.